The Committee

Michelle Taylor (Chairman)

Michelle TaylorFor 15 years, Michelle ran small businesses in New York and then London. Taking a break to bring up her children, through them she discovered a passion for education. She taught full-time for 13 years and has now moved behind the scenes to develop the curriculum. Over the past 20 years, she has been involved with numerous charities and organisations, participating in various committees, including schools, church charities, a residents group, and also police liaison.

Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE (Deputy Chairman)

Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE (Deputy Chairman)Stefan has been a supporter of the CLRSC meals since they began in 2008. He has been a London based financier for 20 years. He currently serves as the Chairman of Pump Aid, a UK charity that provides clean water to over 1.1 million people in Sub-Sahara Africa. He is Chairman and co-Founder of The AfriCan Café Charity, a South African registered charity providing training and employment in South Africa and Malawi. He is also a former Board Member of The Princes Trust (London South). Stefan was appointed a Commander of the Order of The British Empire (CBE) in the 2014 New Years Honours List.

Stephanie Beckford (Information Officer)

Stephanie Beckford (Information Officer)A Jamaican national who has lived in the United Kingdom for over thirty years. Stephanie has enjoyed a varied career, including time as a parish administrator and medical secretary. She has been a purchase ledger administrator for the past ten years. Stephanie has done some voluntary work in a children's orphanage in Uganda and is a voluntary helper at the St. Peter's Homeless Meals.

Ben Hadfield (Treasurer)

Ben Hadfield (Treasurer)Ben trained as a Chartered Accountant and currently works for a hospital charity in Central London. He has spent time in Africa and Asia and is studying for a Masters Degree at the School of Oriental and African Studies. Ben has been a volunteer at The Central London Rough Sleepers Meals for 2 years, and his interests include history, paragliding, cultural differences and pork pies with mustard.

Ashley Lopez (Secretary)

Ashley Lopez (Secretary)Ashley Lopez BA, MA, MSc, studied in her native Chicago and latterly in London. She is a Partner in and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of The Department of Coffee & Social Affairs (‘DoCaSA’), a fast growing independent coffee company based in Central London. Ashley is a Director of The Afri-CAN Cafe Charity, a registered Charity that provides employment and training in South Africa. She is also the Chairman of The Goldfinger Factory, a London based social enterprise that is an up-cycling production and learning hub for the training, support and inspiration of London's most disadvantaged residents to create desirable furnishings and fits-outs for London's trendsetters with a social conscience. Ashley holds a BA in Law from Winona State University, an MSc in Law & Finance from Queen Mary University, London and a MA with Merit in Management from the University of Westminster, London.

Sunny Raj (Volunteer Recruitment)

Sunny Raj (Volunteer Recruitment)Indian born Entrepreneur living in London for nearly 6 years,studied Business Management in London , worked with Bank of America, currently running a Recruitment Consultancy, been part of Central London Rough Sleepers Committee since 2013.

Cecilia Yu (Volunteer Recruitment)

Cecilia Yu (Volunteer Recruitment)Cecilia was born in Hong Kong and has been living in the UK for almost 20 years. She graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Biochemistry and currently works in Finance. Cecilia has been a member of St. Mary’s Church and a volunteer at the Central London Rough Sleepers Meals since 2011.

Sean Thompson

Sean Thompson A Chartered Surveyor and qualified Arbitrator, Sean has run his own commercial property related partnership in the City of London for nearly 30 years. In his professional capacity, he has acted for a number of charities and public sector bodies. Outside office hours, he is chiefly renowned for his skills at washing up large amounts of tableware, and dicing considerable quantities of onions without crying.

Sara Kramar

Sean ThompsonSara has always been passionate about helping people and this influenced her professional as well as personal life. Born in Slovenia, Sara moved to Austria at the age of 19 where she completed her MPharm degree in 2010. She then moved to London and carried out research at UCL and at Yale University in US and obtained her PhD in Drug Design, Cancer Research in 2014. She currently works for an organization in London that conducts clinical trials on behalf of biotech and pharmaceutical clients to provide hope for patients and improve their quality of life.

Poppy Bruffell

Sean ThompsonPoppy was born in Portsmouth and graduated from the University of Loughborough with a BSc in Information Technology Management for Business. She joined Department of Coffee and Social Affairs in 2014.  Poppy has been a volunteer at the Central London Rough Sleepers Committee (CLRSC) meals since 2014.